Citizen Jane – Blog Post 4

In class, we watched multiple parts of a movie titled Citizen Jane. Jane Jacobs tells the story of what can happen when engaged citizens come together and fight the power for the sake of a better world and environment. No one ever did put efforts or try hard enough to create an understanding except for Jane. She was a visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Robert Moses, who was a public official, tries to ruin lower Manhattan by creating highway, which is a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. In addition, Jane only cared about her neighborhood and tried to make it a better place. Moses wanted to deconstruct the Bronx, which would cause so many change and inconvenience for the people living there. I agree with Jane when she states the chaos brings in a sense of community. The problem of the city crime level in regards of housing projects includes violence, rape, and neglect for love, gun violence, and child endangerment. Relating this movie to Gowanus, Brooklyn, and the city is trying to take down and remove some of the industrial businesses and install residential buildings and apartments for people. This is all part of the uplift of Gowanus. This relates to the movie because some people agree and disagree about this change. Many people will be affected by these changes and will be forced to adapt to a new lifestyle.

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